About Us


The East Baton Rouge Office of the Public Defender exists to provide the citizens of East Baton Rouge Parish with high quality, client-focused legal representation in the 19th Judicial District’s criminal and juvenile justice system. Our mission is to create a client-centered, community oriented defender office founded on the pursuit of equal justice and zealous representation for the indigent community of Baton Rouge.

OPDBR is committed to:

  1. Delivering high quality legal representation and services to those adults, children, and families supported by our office.
  2. Providing zealous and effective representation for our clients at all stages of the criminal process.
  3. Promoting and protecting the best interests of the client by creating an office focused on professionalism and adherence to the ethical standards of the Louisiana Rules of Professional Conduct.